I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
this is still the best
Rented this from iTunes on vacation with my family in Siesta Key, Florida. Watched it with my brothers, Isabel, and my dad.
Such violence. Much destruction.
One of the best quotes ever in this film, when Pace (name for adult man in Papua) said "Ko stop tipu-tipu! Saya tak ada waktu buat kau tipu-tipu" [Don't lie to me! I don't have time for your lie"]
Coole Kämpfe dabei aber das Blut sieht schlecht aus. Story.. zweckmäßig.
A series of well-choreographed, passionately performed fight sequences in which the human body becomes, as is the manner in such movies, an endlessly regenerative battering ram and receptacle for pain. Die Hard on steroids without the humor but with considerably more martial arts flair. Given the hype surrounding The Raid, I was a bit disappointed by the monotony of the fight-scene formats, which forced characters to fight for so long so often so repetitiously that any semblance of realism or martial arts strategy was literally beaten away (fight choreographers Uwais and Yayan Ruhian don't seem to have the thrilling inventiveness of Jackie Chan or Yuen Woo-ping), but the acrobatics on display often overcame the absurdities of the film's endless bone-crushing and nonsensical plot. A movie that almost certainly would have been more effective on the big screen amongst a crowd of fellow cringers.
Indonežanski film koji je uprkos skromnom budžetu od samo 1 mil. mnogo kvalitetniji od većine i po 100 x budžetnijih Hollywoodskih akcionih filmova. Radnja prati skupinu specijalaca koji moraju sprat-po-sprat "počistiti" zgradu prepunu kriminalaca koji jedva čekaju da proliju policijsku krv. Očekuje vas obilje vrhunski režirane high-octane akcije te uvjeljiva gluma. Iako su davno prošla vremena kad sam svršavao na bezumne akcijske filmove ali moram priznati da nije loše ovako s vremena na vrijeme malo odmorit mozak uz sočne scene klanja, punjenja olovom, lomljenja ruku, davljenja, bacanja kroz prozor zgrade i ostale, za nas ljude, uobičajene aktivnosti.
The film's weakness lies in its story, which is there but it feels a little arbitrary and small in scope, only existing as a framing device for the action in a video-game kind of way. There's an entire apartment complex of tenants that are never given any context for their actions. It feels like an opportunity to address housing issues and class-warfare being wasted.
The film's strengths lie in a good cast, with Iko Uwais doing wonders with a character that isn't given a lot, and the phenomenally shot action which is fast and brutal. Gareth Evans' is very creative when it comes to staging these Silat fights in different environments and settings.
Overall, The Raid is a gripping, pulse-pounding film full of grit and brutality. Recommended.
The generic title and subsequent success of the first two films has set this franchise on a path that holds no limits. Simply change the part after the colon and viola, a new kick-ass story every time. Gareth Evans no doubt put his heart and soul into the production of his debut yet for all the flying fists, feet and fragmented teeth a knockout blow never seems to be on the cards.
Those hoping for story or character development need not bother switching on. Which is to be expected as this lean, mean fighting machine is intended to be nothing more than a mean-fisted action potboiler. No time is wasted getting down to business as the body count rages out…
Now, as action/martial-arts films go, this has got to be one of my favourites of all time. I really didn't go in expecting much but, to be honest I got much more than I expected. The story is basic (it is an action film after-all) but, what it does have is heart. It has a core story that most action films never strive to achieve. It is a subtle one and buried deep under martial-arts violence but, it is there. That being said, maybe I'm just seeing things that a martial-arts fan looking for a good violent movie wouldn't care less about. If that's your goal then, you will definitely find plenty in The Raid. It is action heavy, broken…
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With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…